Reflecting on ‘Blackstone’s Tower’

Reflecting on ‘Blackstone’s Tower’
06 Jul 2021, 16:00 to 06 Jul 2021, 18:00
Online (Zoom)

This event showcases presentations which reflect in different ways on the contribution of Professor William Twining’s 1994 Hamlyn Lectures: ‘Blackstone's Tower: The English Law School’. 

Professor Twining himself will join the other contributors, who will highlight the continuities and changes that have occurred within legal education since Blackstone’s Tower was published. These brief presentations will be followed by ample time for discussion and debate.

The publication of Blackstone’s Tower was both significant and radical, published at a time when research into legal education was arguably less well-developed and respected within the legal academy than it is today. Twining's approach of acting as a 'tour guide' was also important in a period when the 'private life' of the law school was virtually un-examined. Several contributors will adopt this approach as they contemplate aspects of university law schools today.

Contributors and topics:
Professor William Twining ‘Revisiting Blackstone’s Tower’
Professor Fiona Cownie (Keele) & Dr Emma Jones (Sheffield) ‘Blackstone’s Tower in Context’
Professor David Sugarman (Lancaster) ‘Twining’s Tower’
Dr Foluke Adebisi  (Bristol) ‘Decolonial thought in legal education’
Professor Chris Ashford (Northumbria) ‘Gender, sexuality & the law school’
Professor Richard Collier (Newcastle) ‘Legal Academic Wellbeing & the Post-Pandemic University’
Dr Jess Guth (Independent Researcher)‘The Law School Experience – the student perspective’
Dr Abigail Pearson (Keele) ‘Building Access Routes into Blackstone’s Tower’
Professor Steven Vaughan (UCL) ‘Rutland Law School Revisited’
Professor Anthony Bradney (Keele) ‘The Tower’

This event is free but advanced booking is required. Details about how to join the virtual event will be circulated via email to registered attendees closer to the event date


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